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Night Court: MJ's son takes center stage in upset

Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2011 11:46 pm

By Jeff Goodman

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Here’s everything you need to know about Friday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: Central Florida stormed back from a 17-point deficit with 16 minutes left in the game and knocked off No. 4 UConn in the Bahamas. Keith Clanton and Marcus Jordan (right) each had 20 points in the 68-63 victory. 

Win to brag about: Marshall has received plenty of preseason hype and the Thundering Herd got a huge victory at Cincinnati. The Bearcats are no longer a Top 25 club after a loss last week to Presbyterian, but this was still an important win for Tom Herrion & Co., if Marshall wants to be in the conversation for at an-large bid come March. 

Loss to hide from: Florida State falling to Harvard. Listen, there's no shame in losing to Harvard this season. The Crimson could wind up running the table in the Ivy League. However, the Seminoles only scored 41 points in the entire game - and a team with a frontline with NBA size was outrebounded by Harvard, 40-30. Leonard Hamilton's team had just five assists. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Michael Jordan's younger son, Marcus, went for 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and also dished out seven assists in the win over UConn. He made huge baskets - and also critical free throws - in the waning minutes of the game. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: We'll give to to a pair of Oklahoma State freshmen: Highly touted forward Le'Bryan Nash and point guard Cezar Guerrero. Nash finished with the goose egg in 11 minutes and Guerrero had just three points, three turnovers and no assists in the loss to Virginia Tech in the NIT consolation game. 

Numbers don’t lie:

32: That's the number of points scored by Boston College freshman Patrick Heckmann. The German native was 9-of-13 from the field, 4-of-5 from deep and make all 10 of his free throws in an overtime win over UC Riverside. 

250: Rick Pitino won his 250th career game at Louisville, but it was more difficult than expected - as the Cards beat Ohio University, 59-54. 

11.6: That's the rebounding average of UNLV's Mike Moser through five games this season. Moser transferred after one season at UCLA and had 13 more boards on Friday - in a win over USC. 

Three other notable results:

Saint Louis knocked off Villanova, 80-68, and went to 5-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign. 

Ole Miss took care of Miami, 64-61, in overtime down in Oxford, Miss. 

Dayton beat Fairfield, 56-49, to advance to the championship game of the Old Spice Classic down in Orlando - and a matchup with Minnesota for the title. 


Florida junior forward Erik Murphy suffered a knee injury in practice on Thursday and sat out Friday's win. The extent of his injury is still unclear - per source. 

Xavier's Travis Taylor, who averaged just 4.3 points and 5 boards over the first three games, had a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) in a 70-56 win over Georgia. 

Clemson's Milton Jennings, a heralded Top 50 recruit coming out of high school, had a career night with 22 points and 14 boards in a win over Furman. 

On tap: 

The Battle 4 Atlantis consolation game may be more intriguing than the title contest. UConn plays Florida State at 2 p.m. and will be followed by Central Florida vs. Harvard for the championship. 

President Obama will be in attendance for the Oregon State-Towson game. No, not because it's Pat Skerry's home debut with the Tigers. He'll be there to watch Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, better-known as Michelle Obama's brother. 


Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 6:08 am

Night Court: MJ's son takes center stage in upset

I really wish FSU would have won so UCF could redeem its only loss to FSU with a win to even it up.  They played second teir players not UCF starters.  I am sure if the NCAA penalties had not been present and all starters would have been playing, FSU would of received that loss.  Its sad that the consolation game is more interesting to people than the championship game.  One day UCF will get the recognition they deserve.

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